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Taste of Tucson: Sonoran-Style Recipes Inspired by the Rich Culture of Southern Arizona

Taste of Tucson: Sonoran-Style Recipes Inspired by the Rich Culture of Southern Arizona

by Jackie Alpers


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Named one of the best cookbooks of the year by the Arizona Republic, Phoenix New Times, and Arizona Daily Star

Learn how to make Mexican food the Sonoran way!

"Jackie's delicious book takes me back to Tucson, with each incredibly delicious recipe, tied to stories and wonderful characters. It will connect you to the one and only place that Tucson is. What a delight!"
Pati Jinich, chef, cookbook author, and host of PBS's Pati's Mexican Table

Award-winning photographer and cookbook author Jackie Alpers shares her own inspired recipe creations in this book as well as recipes for her favorite restaurants' dishes provided by 16 regional chefs, while incorporating the history of the region, the mysticism and lore, and how it has contributed to the food of the people who live there. Building from tried-and-true basics and tutorials on tacos, enchiladas, carne asada, and huevos rancheros, she divulges secrets to making the Tucson area's most unique Sonoran style savories and sweets, including: Chicken Mole Amarillo, Adobo Pulled Pork, Red Pozole, Dark Chocolate and Coffee Figgy Pudding Cakes, and more.

For cooks of all levels, from anywhere in the world. This cookbook welcomes you to bring the Sonoran region's best and most iconic tastes into your own kitchen.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781513262567
Publisher: West Margin Press
Publication date: 04/20/2020
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 349,337
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jackie Alpers is a cookbook author, recipe developer, and award-winning food photographer. She writes and photographs a monthly column for and contributes to Food Network Magazine, Refinery29, Real Simple, The Kitchn, and Edible Baja Arizona Magazine. Her work has been featured on Reader’s Digest, CNN, and NPR, and her blog Jackie’s Happy Plate has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Glamour, Better Homes and Gardens, Brit + Co, and Buzzfeed Food. Jackie happily cooks from her kitchen in Tucson, AZ. Visit her at and see her blog at

Table of Contents

My Story 7

About the Cuisine of Tucson 8

Tucson History & Timeline 10

Sonoran-Style Staples 13

Salsas, Dips & Toppings 39

Beans, Rice & Calabacitas 55

Breakfast Anytime 69

Soups & Salads 85

Main Dishes 111

Street Snacks at Home 151

Desserts 175

Index 188


"For this book, I collected recipes from local chefs whose recipes are excellent examples of Sonoran cuisine. Some are local classics and old favorites, some are new. All are outstanding representations of Sonoran cuisine at this time, and in this place.
And, because I am a 98.6% Ashkenazi Jew (thanks 23andMe!) from Ohio, I like smoked fishes and knishes and kugel. I also like Cincinnati chili, and chicken fingers. And I like hot dogs – a lot.
This book is about how the evolution of food culture in my community inspired me. I’d like for this book to be a jumping off point in your own cultural evolution and I’m hoping these recipes and ideas inspire you to invent your own recipe creations."

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